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Ron Dellacroce, park manager for Yampa River State Park and Elkhead Reservoir, leads the Avalanche Training class Saturday at Johnson Meadows. Dellacroce explains to attendees how to use an avalanche transceiver, or a beacon, when searching for avalanche victims. The class, which started at the Freeman Reservoir trailhead, was designed to provide information to snowmobile riders about how to avoid getting caught, and rescue those who are caught, in an avalanche.

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It comes down to a crucial 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes is how long before a person caught in an avalanche asphyxiates, said Ron Dellacroce, park manager for Yampa River State Park and Elkhead Reservoir.

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